PUNE: The State Government has taken steps towards making the admission procedure under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, more parent-friendly. Interestingly, going digital, admission app ‘RTE 25%’ has been introduced. It will be functional when the admission process begins.
Many parent-friendly procedures have been introduced. “We received a letter from the State Government that henceforth, the LPG cylinder card, ration card, bank passbook and property tax receipt will be considered in addition to the already existing address proofs. Similarly, while earlier income certificate from tehsildar was required to prove income level, from this year, salary slip from company or employer will be considered a valid document,” Assistant Director of Primary Education Dinkar Temkar told Sakal Times. The cases of private schools rejecting applications on the grounds of invalidity of documents were common until last year.
But this time, the government has formed committees wherein the Block Development Officers (BDOs) will verify the documents.
“While this will increase one step in the admission process, we can be assured that the documents have been truly verified. The schools will also not be able to deny admissions on basis of eligibility of students,” Temkar added.
About the admission app ‘RTE 25%’, Temkar said, “The app is available on Google Playstore, and will be functional when the application process begins. The parents will be able to fill the forms from their homes using their smartphones. The parents will be able to select the exact location of their residences while filling the forms. This will do away with the confusion regarding selection of schools within the radius of 3 km.”
As the decision on reservation of 10 per cent for Economically Backward General Category candidates was pending till Tuesday, the RTE admission process had also not begun.
“We are incorporating the new changes in the portal. The school registration process is likely to begin next week. We are trying to see that the online application procedure starts by March,” Temkar added.
He said the admission procedure will be faster this time as the lotteries in all the districts will be released simultaneously on the same day. Earlier, separate days were allotted for lotteries in different districts.